The Weimaraneris a large, athletic, working dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. The Weimaraner has a gray coat which has given it the nickname the “silver ghost” or "grey ghost" by it's owners. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits, and foxes. The Weimaraner is an all-purpose gun dog. The name comes from the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August, whose court, based in the city of Weimar, enjoyed hunting. In today's world, the Weimaraners can still be found out on the hunting trail and can also make a great family pet assuming you can provide the dog with enough exercise. In addition to being a great hunting dog, the Weimaraner is also known for having a good scenting ability and very high intelligence.